walkhighlands

Share your personal walking route experiences in Scotland, and comment on other peoples' reports.
Warning Please note that hillwalking when there is snow lying requires an ice-axe, crampons and the knowledge, experience and skill to use them correctly. Summer routes may not be viable or appropriate in winter. See winter information on our skills and safety pages for more information.

White Mounth Munros

White Mounth Munros


Postby gman » Thu Aug 01, 2013 2:01 pm

Route description: White Mounth Munros, Glen Muick

Munros included on this walk: Broad Cairn, Cairn Bannoch, Carn a'Choire Bhoidheach, Carn an t-Sagairt Mor, Lochnagar

Date walked: 31/07/2013

Time taken: 7.5 hours

Distance: 30 km

Ascent: 1345m

Register or Login
free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).


lochnagar 31-7-2013 actual.gpx Open full screen  NB: Walkhighlands is not responsible for the accuracy of gpx files in users posts



Got to the car park just before 9am, plenty of spaces at that time but it was full when I got back (around half 4) so it gets busy even on weekdays during the summer. £3 charge but they've got toilets & a wee tourist info hut.
Image


Past these buildings & through a gate (loads of signs to keep dogs on leads here which were mainly ignored) then there are 2 paths signposted Lochnagar.
Image

Took the one on the right to follow WH route, heads towards buildings & trees:
Image

Path leads through trees.
Image

Then follow landrover track:
Image

Big cairn on the track marks the point of departure onto a path leading up to a bealach between the Lochnagar crags and Meikle Pap.
Image

Path was fairly busy, most walkers were doing Meikle Pap too so I wandered up. Slight scramble at the top.
Image

Good view of Lochnagar from here.
Image

And the path leading round the cliffs.
Image

Back to the bealach and a steep uphill slog, good view of the walk up to here though:
Image

Path continues to the big cairn:
Image

Big cairn:
Image

Down to Meikle Pap:
Image

Next hill on the list, the Stuic:
Image

Cliffs:
Image

The other walker here had scrambled up the crags before, looks like fun but could be tricky finding a route.
Image

On to the Stuic & Carn a'Choire Bhoidheach.
Image

Lochnagar from the Stuic:
Image

And Carn a'Choire Bhoidheach, Munro number 2.
Image

Lochnagar from Carn a'Choire Bhoidheach:
Image

Next Munro, Carn an t-Sagairt. These 2 are a bit of a come down after Lochnagar, just grassy hills without much ascent. There's a path between them but it doesn't lead to the summits, it's easy terrain though.
Image

Carn an t-Sagairt cairn, there are 2 cairns here but this one's got more decoration. The walk to Lochnagar had been pretty busy but noone seemed to be doing the round. Met a few walkers here though, they had come up from Callater. One knew where the plane wreckage was, had a look at the bits west of the cairns but there's more spread around the top.
Image

Both airmen were killed when the reconnaissance Canberra jet hit the hill, apparently it was a clear night and no reason has been found for the crash.
Image

Image

Faint path to the next 2: Cairn Bannoch then Broad Cairn.
Image

Cairn Bannoch, both these hills are a bit bouldery near the top which makes a welcome change after the grassy paths.
Image

Next, Broad cairn:
Image

Loch Muick from Broad Cairn, the walk back:
Image

Again, bouldery at the summit but there's a path that gets further along, then joins a landrover track. It's a long, flat walk back so I was glad I had shoes rather than boots on.
Image

Enjoyable walk back on a good track, a few mountain bikers here. Path was busy with walkers doing Broad Cairn and wandering around the loch. Lodge on the other side:
Image

Sandy beaches:
Image

Soon back at the car park which was now very busy, good news for the midges :lol:
User avatar
gman
 
Posts: 633
Munros:250   Corbetts:4
Sub 2000:1   
Joined: Sep 12, 2011

Re: White Mounth Munros

Postby kev_russ » Fri Aug 02, 2013 1:06 am

Bootiful :thumbup: fancy these on an overnight camp!
User avatar
kev_russ
Walker
 
Posts: 388
Munros:152   Corbetts:50
Grahams:24   Donalds:26
Sub 2000:13   Hewitts:8
Wainwrights:9   
Joined: Mar 17, 2009
Location: Edinburgh

Re: White Mounth Munros

Postby andyroog » Fri Aug 02, 2013 1:44 pm

That's a cracking walk you had and some brilliant pics well done
User avatar
andyroog
Backpacker
 
Posts: 104
Munros:21   
Hewitts:12
Wainwrights:15   
Joined: Oct 18, 2010

Register or Login
free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).



Walkhighlands community forum is now advert free

We need help to keep the site online.
Can you help support Walkhighlands and the online community by setting up a monthly donation by direct debit?



Return to Walk reports - Scotland

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: mariansharkey, Phil Aldis and 41 guests